I made notes at the gig, then got a bit too drunk and dropped them into the bar room spittoon at The Queens Hotel just before last orders. Thankfully, I can still remember enough to provide this brief but highly accurate and concise review of proceedings.
By the way - for those of you who can't be arsed to stray off Prinny Ave these days - The Wellington Inn is a great little boozer, with loads of proper beer and a fantastic walk-in cooler, stacked high with lovely bottles of all shapes, sizes and colours, from all nine corners of the world.
In fact, you can actually sit and stare at that cooler for hours on end. Especially if you're a lonesome drinker with no mates. Or even if you are with mates but you're all very dull, with little of interest to impart. Not that I have actually sat and stared at that cooler for hours on end myself, of course.
I'm not speaking for me here, obviously; I have an enormous circle of friends (too large, actually -
I'm thinking of selling some. Cilla, maybe I could advertise them on thisisUll.com?)
and we are all highly entertaining and popular people, so I'm clearly speaking on the behalf of
other folk here. I can't begin to imagine what it must be like to be dull and uninteresting
and/or uninterested. I'm not dull. I am interesting and interested - I just want to make this clear.
Hopefully now you'll understand that I'm obviously not speaking for myself here, just other
less fortunate and less gregarious people. I must reiterate that.
It's certainly not me. Nope, not me. I'm happy and popular, I am; no question about that.
Anyway, that walk-in cooler; you really should check it out.
It'd be worth the admission money alone, if there was any admission money.
So, to the performers.
First up were Scarborough lads, The Producers. Normally a four-piece, they presented a
simple acoustic set that featured Olly Barron on cello and Matt Dunn on guitar and
vocals, mostly sung in a falsetto style.
Now, in the wrong hands - say, The Bee Gees - this can be a highly irritating
experience (sorry all you fans of the toothy, hirsute Aussies, but the only way
I could ever tell the difference between them and Pinky and Perky was by counting.
God knows how I'll manage now that the BGs have been reduced to two...).
Thankfully, Matt avoided this fate and delivered the lyrics beautifully and with real passion.
The only negative to their set was the poor mix on the PA, which was bottom-heavy (a bit
like me, actually) and just didn't allow enough detail through on either Matt's vocals
or the more intricate passages of his guitar work.
Next up was Fudgey. "It's Fudgey" I said, knowingly, to one of my many drinking colleagues.
"Naaahh - she sounds alright to me" replied one of them (I can't remember exactly which one,
as there were so many of my interesting and gregarious friends present).
To be honest, none of my many interesting and gregarious friends actually did say that, but
I couldn't resist putting it in. It's quite conceivable that one of them might have said it
at some point though, seeing as how they're all such gregarious, quick-witted and articulate people.
And popular. Gregarious, too; did I mention that?
Music Reviews - Tuesday 3rd July 07 - Classic Rock Music Night At The Wellington Pub, Russell Street By Michelle Dee
After a hard day at the office, I sallied forth to Wellington Pub , home to the
ever-successful Stripped nights run by Pat Gradwell on Thursdays, and to
a little known Classic Rock Night on Tuesday evenings.
We were in the special pub last Tuesday about eight o' clock when a group of
chaps came up to us and said, "Hey you'll have to move, it's our music night."
Music Reviews - Wednesday 11th July 07 - Lecorum, The Riffs and Riley and The Mumps at Lamp By Katie Ashworth Photos by Michelle Dee
Despite the recent smoking ban that was predicted to cause a blow to bar and pub custom,
it is safe to say that this is one of the fullest Lamp nights we have seen - the stage
front becomes packed towards the end of the night, and you can still see people in the
seating area and outdoor area, all providing ample support for these all-Hull bands.
First support is Riley and the Mumps. Hard to guess
Music Reviews - Wednesday 27th June 07 - Maul and Reign Of Chaos and Mechanical Breeding at Ringside By Ian Johansson Reign of Chaos Photos by JWA Photography
This was one night that shouldn't have been missed.
It was one of the biggest nights I had seen at Ringside in my two years of living in
Hull and attending a lot of local gigs.
The night kicked off a bit late but the atmosphere strong and tense, the first band up
was a band named Mechanical Breeding.
The guitarist was possibly the only decent member in the band,
Music Reviews - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals By Chris Warne
I'm always amazed by the amount of musical talent on MySpace that goes
unnoticed, often hidden behind endless streams of lesser artists
trying to promote their "songs" by friend requesting the world and
But sometimes - just sometimes - you make a rare discovery that blows your mind!
Last week I logged on to the profile of Grace Potter and The NocturnalsRead more...
Music Reviews - Sunday 24th June 07 - The Sonic Hearts at Lamp Words and Pictures By Michelle Dee
Just lately I've found myself down at the Lamp checking out the very different range of artists
performing there. Tonight was a pleasant surprise; one new band The Sonic Hearts.
Another reformed, with a new name in Kalels Cape and one with two new members and new songs,
Red Night Strip.
I'll start with Red Night StripRead more...
Music Reviews - Monday 2nd July Amy Macdonald at The Lamp Hull By Michelle Dee
Monday night I went to see Amy Macdonaldwww.myspace.com/amymacdonald
at the lamp in Hull.
She came recommended to me by a good friend but I hadn't actually heard anything by the
Glaswegian singer/songwriter signed to Melodramatic Records.
Now I can't stop singing the gloriously catchy Mr. Rock & Roll her new single out
Music Reviews - 28th June 07 Jelly V Club NME South Central (DJ Set) Welly Hull
By Michelle Dee Pictures
by Kate Langan
Thursday arriving early before all the prom kids arrived we slid into the lounge downstairs at the Welly.
Drinks in hand we grooved to the Latino sounds of the Spanish Hustle and kudos to the DJ downstairs
for spinning the Junior Jack track featuring The Cure's Robert Smith. As more prom kids came in,
ready to party, the sounds
Music Reviews - Friday 22nd June 07 - ThisisUll Live at New Adelphi Club By Guest Reviewer Kane Fulton Photos by Michelle Dee
I'm sweating like a bitch was a common utterance echoing around the Adelphi - the nightmarish
toilet sauna that is the most, like, punk venue Hull has to offer. Does this detract from the enjoyment? Well, not as
much for the punters, but most of the bands look practically in agony on stage.
At £2.40 for a pint of Labatts (albeit deliciously chilled Labatts)
Music Reviews - Saturday 19th May Great Green Concert Featuring cowfisH, Talamasca and Shindigg At Beverley Green Fair By Michelle Dee
In the evening after the majority of stalls and stands had been taken down at the Green Fair in
Beverley, the Great Green Concert took place. It was held in the darkened confines of the auditorium
in Longcroft School between 8pm and 10.30.
The audience who'd travelled from York/Hull and the
surrounding area were treated to some top class
Music Reviews - Friday 11th May 07 - Jesse Malin at Fibbers, York By Steve Rudd
It might have been raining outside, the weather comprehensively showering a sense of
profound doom and gloom upon the grand old city of York.
Fortunately, inside the cosy confines of Fibbers, Jesse Malin fired out
a ninety minute set of sheer joy, as the New York singer-songwriter extraordinaire
returned to the venue for the third time in his career
Music Reviews - Saturday 27th May 07 - The Who, The Ordinary Boys and Jackson Analogue at KC Stadium By Julian Thorley Photographs By Roland Standaert
The 'classic' British summer and the 'curse' of the KC Stadium looked to have struck again
on the evening of the 26th May, when The Who played in Hull.
It rained yet again. Not the torrential downpours of past gigs there, but it was
chilly and damp enough to make it uncomfortable for those out in the open.
It just goes to show though that a bit of lousy weather
Music Reviews - Saturday Night at Jack Rabbit Slims By Cilla It's Showtime!
Jack Rabbit Slims bar on the corner of Holderness Road and Wincolmlee seems an unlikely
place for a night out - during the day you'd barely notice it as you pass by.
Saturday night is where that all changes; the neon lights burst into life and it's
time to get ready for a rock n roll extravaganza!
The first thing I noticed as I walked in was a bunny girls serving drinks.
Music Reviews - 16th May 07 Soulflame Cowfish at Goose and Granite George Street Hull By Michelle Dee Pictures By Natalie Dudding
Astounding, incredible sounds from both bands due in some part to the excellent work by
Dr. Mike Shindigg at the sound desk.
For award-winning five piece band Cowfishwww.cowfish.me.uk
tonight was a rehearsal for their headline appearance at the Great Green Concert in
Beverley the coming Saturday.
So aside from telling you that Simon (Cowfish keyboards)
Music Reviews - Thursday 10th May 07 - The Meatloaf Trilogy With Steve Steinman At Hull New Theatre Reviewed By Steve Rudd
It makes for a rare treat when a tribute act is almost as amazing as the real thing.
In many respects, when Steve Steinman 'does' Meatloaf, the net effect is sometimes even better.
A couple of years ago, Lancashire singer Steve toured with a show called
The Meatloaf Story in which he sung a whole host of classic tracks as
Music Reviews - From Sleepers To Yo-Yo In Three Bottles Of Red (dis-ably assisted by Cilla) By Michelle Dee
It was only supposed to be a quick drink down Newland.
At the most a glass or two until the sun set over the railway bridge turning
the terracotta road a fiery orange; a pleasant fiction indeed.
In reality it was turning a trifle cold and clouding over, there might even
have been a few drops of spring rain dotting the pavement as we turned the
corner of Ella Street.